Looking for a free and easy way to take climate action? The Town of Vail has partnered with the Climate Action Collaborative to host an LED bulb swap at the Vail Public Library the entire month of February. All Eagle County residents are invited to save money and cut climate pollution by exchanging two inefficient old-tech lightbulbs for two high-efficiency LEDs.
Each resident is encouraged to bring in two incandescent or compact-florescent bulbs and exchange them for two LED bulbs free of charge at the Vail Public Library anytime during regular hours of operation. The library is located at 292 W. Meadow Drive in Vail and is open 10 a.m.to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday to Sunday.
The LED lightbulbs produce a warm white light and are dimmable, so they are ideal for living room lamps and kitchens. Replacing two LED bulbs saves $16 per year on electric bills and cuts 230 pounds of air pollution. Switching to LED lighting is one of the easiest and lowest-cost ways to reduce air pollution.
Town of Vail is an active member of the Climate Action Collaborative and is committed to sustainability initiatives. Vail Public Library was one of the first buildings in Vail to employ green design principals when built in 1983, creating a thermally efficient structure including a living roof and utilization of solar passive heating. In addition, the library has been certified through the Actively Green program since 2015, ensuring its operations follow sustainability best practices.
All municipal facilities town wide have been retrofitted with LED lighting, and in May 2019 the town committed to 100% renewable electricity for all town operations and facilities through participation in Holy Cross Energy’s PuRE Program. Vail also partners with Walking Mountains Science Center’s Energy Smart program to help improve energy efficiency. Vail residents and business are eligible for free energy assessments and can receive double rebates on work completed to improve energy efficiency. For these and many other sustainability efforts, Vail was certified as the first Sustainable Destination in the United States through the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and the first mountain resort destination in the world to earn the Mountain IDEAL standard.
For more information about the Climate Action Collaborative visit www.walkingmountains.org/CAP or contact Kim Schlaepfer, climate action collaborative project manager, at 303-842-2423 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the LED bulb swap at the Vail Public Library or any of the Town of Vail’s sustainability initiatives, contact Beth Markham, Town of Vail environmental sustainability coordinator, at 970-479-2333 or at email@example.com.